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  • Teammate: Kyle Korver (ankle) needs surgery
    DeMarre Carroll said after Sunday's Game 3 loss that Kyle Korver (ankle) will require surgery and could miss 4-6 months.

    Advice: Korver has yet to have a second opinion and the team hasn't announced the severity of his injury, so this is all speculative for the moment. "[Korver] is one of our starters and he's gotta have surgery, he's out 4-6 months," Carroll said. His comments came in the context of Matthew Dellavedova's controversial play on Al Horford during Game 3, but Carroll's references to surgery and a timetable are too specific to ignore entirely. We'll update Korver's status once the Hawks provide more information. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • DeMarre Carroll solid Sunday w/ Korver out
    DeMarre Carroll logged 41 minutes on Sunday to finish the Hawks' road loss with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His lone block came on a LeBron James post-up, which is impressive enough, and he didn't commit any turnovers -- the Hawks as a team only had seven. Carroll's knee is "nowhere near" 100 percent but he's giving Atlanta everything he has in a tough matchup vs. LeBron, and his free agent value has steadily risen throughout the postseason. There's no reason to think he's at risk of missing Tuesday's must-win Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Mike Muscala starts 2nd half, goes scoreless
    Mike Muscala started the second half of Game 3 for the Hawks after Al Horford's ejection, but he finished scoreless with one assist, one personal foul and no other stats to his credit in nine minutes.

    Advice: Muscala's emergence in the rotation had led to DNP-CDs for Mike Scott (eight points, nine rebounds) in the playoffs, but the script has flipped in Games 2 & 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Muscala was ineffective in his limited minutes tonight and he's unlikely to play a major role on Tuesday unless the league decides that Al Horford's elbow-drop is worthy of a suspension. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Jeff Teague has 30 points, zero TOs in Game 3
    The Hawks lost Game 3 on Sunday despite Jeff Teague's personal playoff-best 30 points on 9-of-23 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws.

    Advice: Teague sank three 3-pointers while pitching in six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 43 minutes of action. He benefitted from the absence of Kyrie Irving (knee) tonight yet his aggressive and efficient play wasn't enough to overcome the loss of Kyle Korver (ankle) as well as Al Horford's early ejection in Game 3. The Hawks' star PG should give another all-out effort vs. Cleveland's depleted backcourt on Tuesday, which is worth keeping an eye on in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Kent Bazemore plays well as starter in Game 3
    Kent Bazemore contributed 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block while filling in at SG for Kyle Korver (ankle) on Sunday, but the Hawks still lost 111-114 in overtime.

    Advice: Bazemore is known for his speed and athleticism, but he also played solid defense and mimicked Korver's 3-point shooting with a 2-of-3 mark behind the arc tonight. Bazemore was 3-of-9 from the field and 6-of-8 from the FT line in 43 minutes in Game 3 and he'll need to play a major role for the Hawks to climb out of their 0-3 series deficit while Korver is out of commission. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov logs only 22 minutes Sunday
    Timofey Mozgov finished Cleveland's Game 3 home win with nine points, five rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Cavs' starting center got a bloody nose in practice courtesy of teammate Tristan Thompson, but that wasn't a limiting factor on Sunday. Al Horford was ejected in the first half which led to small-ball lineups from the Hawks, so coach David Blatt countered with a LeBron/Tristan Thompson frontcourt for most of the second half. Mozgov has played 30+ minutes just once this postseason so fantasy owners shouldn't be shocked when he's held to the low 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • LeBron gets 37-18-13 as Cavs win Game 3 in OT
    LeBron James fought through injury and exhaustion to finish Sunday's overtime Game 3 victory with 37 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists and three steals, moving Cleveland to the brink of a Conference Finals sweep.

    Advice: LBJ began 0-of-10 from the field, his worst ever start in a playoff game, but he overcame the rough start as well as a knee injury suffered early in overtime. In the process he passed Karl Malone to become the sixth-leading scorer in NBA playoff history with 4,779 points, he passed Jason Kidd for second place on the postseason triple-double list, and he became the only player in NBA postseason history to record at least 37-18-13 in a game. LeBron is leading his team with 27.2 points per game in the postseason, in addition to the 21.3 points he's creating off assists, and will need to carry a similar load if Kyrie Irving (knee) isn't able to return in Game 4. We'll pass along updates on his knee injury but there's no reason to think he won't start Tuesday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll solid Sunday w/ Korver out
    DeMarre Carroll logged 41 minutes on Sunday to finish the Hawks' road loss with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His lone block came on a LeBron James post-up, which is impressive enough, and he didn't commit any turnovers -- the Hawks as a team only had seven. Carroll's knee is "nowhere near" 100 percent but he's giving Atlanta everything he has in a tough matchup vs. LeBron, and his free agent value has steadily risen throughout the postseason. There's no reason to think he's at risk of missing Tuesday's must-win Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Al Horford ejected after Flagrant-2 in Game 3
    Al Horford was ejected in the second quarter of Sunday's game after a Flagrant-2 foul when he dropped an elbow on Matthew Dellavedova's neck.

    Advice: The play was reminiscent of Taj Gibson's highly-questionable Flagrant-2 vs. Dellavedova in the second round of the playoffs. Dellavedova appeared to intentionally undercut Horford to prevent a rebound as he fell to the ground, and Horford used his elbow when he subsequently fell atop Dellavedova. The play didn't warrant an ejection but it fits the league's definition for a Flagrant-2 and will be automatically reviewed for a potential fine or suspension. It's a devastating turn of events for Atlanta as they seek to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals. Mike Muscala will start the second half and Pero Antic will also be asked to play an expanded role with Horford temporarily out of commission. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play in Game 3
    Kyrie Irving (left knee tendinitis) will not play in Game 3 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Matthew Dellavedova will play heavy minutes as Irving's stand-in and LeBron James will have the ball in his hands even more often than usual. The Cavs have a 2-0 lead and if they win at home on Sunday it would be surprising to see Irving back in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 4, especially since his absence was mandated by Irving's doctors. Hopefully some rest will allow him to play at the level we're used to seeing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:47 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) a game-time decision Sun
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is currently being evaluated by Cleveland's medical staff, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 3 against the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Irving did go through an "intense" 50-minute pregame workout, but an earlier report indicated he's unlikely to play. We're not expecting official confirmation on Irving's status until right before the tip, but if he's forced to sit Matthew Dellavedova would draw the start, while LeBron James would see a usage rate in the high 30s. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:48 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Mike Miller could get some run during Game 3
    Mike Miller had an extended workout after shootaround, which would suggest that he may be able to get into the rotation for Sunday's Game 3 in Cleveland.

    Advice: Of the Cavs 12 playoff games thus far, Miller has only left the bench for three of them. He may step into a minimal role for Game 3, but he's extremely unlikely to show up in any meaningful way on the stat sheet. He's not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Report: Kyrie Irving (knee) doubtful for Sun
    Kyrie Irving (knee) got in an early workout prior to Sunday's Game 3 vs. the Hawks, but according to a source of Yahoo's Marc J. Spears, it would be surprising if he plays.

    Advice: Irving reportedly looked good and was moving well during his workout, but with the Cavs up 2-0 in the series, it wouldn't be shocking to see him spend another game on the sidelines, especially with how well Matthew Dellavedova has played in his absence. Irving will likely be a game-time decision tonight, and if he can’t give it a go, LeBron James will be very busy on offense. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Carroll embraces challenge of guarding LBJ
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) said that he cherishes the opportunity to go toe-to-toe against LeBron James in the Eastern Conference Finals, and he has no intention of taking any days off to get his knee right.

    Advice: "I've been getting a million calls and emails about me, why am I there, this might be the biggest contract of my life," said Carroll. "But at the end of the day this game isn't promised to you. So whenever you've got an opportunity to play basketball, a lot of people say it's bigger than money and it feels like that to me. I cherish this game and I want to be out there fighting, and if I have to fight on one leg, I'm gonna fight on one leg. I can't let this opportunity pass me by. Eastern Conference finals, playing against LeBron James. I don't care if I have to do it on one leg, I'll hobble out there." He'll be out there for Sunday's Game 3, and he may have some shots coming his way with Kyle Korver (ankle) done for the rest of the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Stephen Curry does not fear taking any shots
    Stephen Curry described the importance of being fearless in his shot selection during a recent interview.

    Advice: "It’s important [to be fearless taking your shots] because you don’t know exactly where you’re going to get your shots from, especially in our offense," said Curry. "Every possession is kind of balanced, so we try to move it around. You’ve got to be ready when you have an open shot and just have the ultimate confidence." The Rockets didn't give Steph much to fear at all during Saturday's Game 3 beat down, as over half his shot attempts were open looks. The Rockets will need to put forth a better overall effort during Game 4 on Monday if they hope to push the series back to Oakland. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:04 pm
  • Beverley (wrist) gets shots up at practice
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) was spotted shooting around wearing a cast during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: To be clear, there still have not been any indications that Beverley will be able to play during the Western Conference Finals. He is going to be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and his value would likely dip if he re-injured his wrist attempting to play at the 8-week mark of a 10-week timetable. The Rockets are just going to have to make do without their best perimeter defender, which hasn't really worked out too well up to this point. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andrew Bogut praises Festuz Ezeli's effort
    Andrew Bogut praised Festuz Ezeli's effort after Saturday's Game 3 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: "[Ezeli] was huge for us. He's been playing great all series in my opinion," Bogut said. "He has stayed professional and when he gets limited minutes he stays ready. He got some extended minute [Saturday] and did a hell of a job for us. That's what we're going to need." Ezeli stepped up on Saturday night when Bogut got into foul trouble, playing some excellent defense against Dwight Howard while scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six boards and a block. The Warriors need his size to battle with big D12, and so far, he's gotten the job done. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) ruled out for Game 4
    Marreese Speights (calf) is making progress, but he will not play in Game 4 against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: David Lee was initially the one getting the minutes with Speights sidelined, but he's nearly fallen out of the rotation entirely during the Houston series. Festus Ezeli has earned himself a nice role off the bench in the Conference Finals, but with averages of just 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block over 13.6 minutes of action, he's not much of an asset in fantasy basketball. Speights is unlikely to be a factor the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Knight would welcome partnership with Bledsoe
    Brandon Knight, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, said that he enjoyed playing alongside Eric Bledsoe in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio.

    Advice: "I thought it was fine," Knight said. "I think it's really just about making the right play. I enjoy playing with Eric because Eric is, first, he's a great talent and he's not a selfish player. He's very, very unselfish. He's trying to make the right play, trying to win. As far as playing with Eric goes, I think it's a great thing because you have two players who can attack at any time." All signs point to Knight staying in Phoenix, but that could certainly change if another team floats him a massive offer. On a side note, Knight is still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, so we will continue to monitor his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 am
     
    Injured
  • DeMarre Carroll admits his knee is hurting
    DeMarre Carroll admitted that his knee is "nowhere near" 100 percent, but he is ready to go to battle with his teammates in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: "I’m standing here," Carroll said in regards to his knee. "I put myself out there to help my team, whatever it takes. I know my knee is nowhere near 100 (percent). But at the end of the day if I’m out there I’m going to give it my all and hopefully my team has my back." You have to admire the guy's heart, and it's obvious that his knee was giving him a lot of problems in Game 2. Carroll will spend a lot of time guarding LeBron James again tonight, but he could be forced to shoot more with Kyle Korver (ankle) on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 am
  • Kyrie Irving remains questionable for Game 3
    Kyrie Irving (knee) went through shootaround, but he remains questionable for Game 3 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Irving also went through a light workout on Saturday, so his knee must have responded well. For now, it looks like Irving will be a game-time decision, but the Cavaliers could err on the side of caution considering they have a comfortable 2-0 lead over the Hawks with the series shifting to Cleveland. We will update his status once we know more, but Matthew Dellavedova would likely draw another start if Irving can't play. LeBron James would continue to have more ball-handling responsibilities as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Dwight Howard says Rockets will keep fighting
    With Houston facing a 3-0 deficit to the Warriors , Dwight Howard said that the only thing the Rockets can do is fight.

    Advice: "There’s a lot of words I could say about tonight, but I’ve got to keep my teammates together," Howard said after Game 3 on Saturday. "We can’t fold. We can’t quit. It’s easy to give up and say they’re playing great. It’s easy to do that. They’re going to have to take all of us out on a stretcher. We ain’t going down lightly. We’re down 3-0 in the Western Conference finals. The only thing we can do is fight." Howard contributed 14 points, 14 boards and one block in the loss, and the good news is that his knee doesn't appear to be giving him any problems. Game 4 is set to take place in Houston on Monday, and Howard should be in line for a big game with the Rockets facing elimination. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:37 am
  • Kupchak says this will be Kobe's last year
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that this is likely Kobe Bryant's last season in the NBA, but Kupchak said he is willing to reassess in a year.

    Advice: When asked what he expected to see from Bryant next season, Kupchak said, "I don't know... Father Time is the enemy." While Kupchak left open the possibility of Bryant playing beyond next season, the Black Mamba has been pretty clear that he will only play one more year. Bryant was limited to just six games in the 2013-14 season and just 35 games last season, so it's obvious that the mileage on his body is catching up to him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:12 am
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Julius Randle continues to show improvement
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said that it looks like Julius Randle (leg) "has recovered completely".

    Advice: This is definitely exciting news for Randle, and it appears that his recovery is going very smoothly. All signs point to him playing during the Las Vegas Summer League, and it will be interesting to see how he does after such a long time on the shelf. Randle could potentially be the starting power forward next season if he impresses this summer, so we will be sure to track his progress very closely. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:49 am
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Kent Bazemore will start in Game 3 Sunday
    Kent Bazemore will draw the start in place of Kyle Korver (ankle) for Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Korver is out for the remainder of the postseason, so Bazemore should be locked in as the starter moving forward. In 10 starts during the regular season, Bazemore averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 3-pointers, so he could be a solid option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:25 am
  • Goran Dragic wants the Heat to play faster
    Impending free agent Goran Dragic has let the Heat know that he wants them to play faster next season.

    Advice: Heat president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelsta reportedly agree with Dragic, and it looks like they are eager to build around him moving forward. The Lakers, Knicks, Pelicans, Bucks and Kings are rumored to still be very interested in signing Dragic this summer, but the Heat are still the clear frontrunners to retain his services. If Dragic does return to Miami, they could have a formidable lineup if they are able to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Jared Sullinger says everyone doubts him
    Jared Sullinger, who has been working out at Ohio State with Evan Turner and Greg Oden, believes that everyone is doubting him.

    Advice: "Right now, everyone is doubting me," Sullinger said. "I get everything, 'He’s not this, he’s not that. He’s not the guy that we thought he was going to be, potentially.' I’ve heard it all. I use it as motivation. Nothing is going to change, I’m going to keep working, working as hard as possible." Sullinger has been heavily criticized for his weight and conditioning, but it sounds like he is motivated to improve this summer. The Celtics won't approach him about a contract extension until next summer when he can become a restricted free agent, so next season will be crucial for him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:21 am
  • HOU forgets to guard Stephen Curry, GSW rolls
    Stephen Curry set the record for most 3-pointers in a postseason during a destruction of the Rockets on Saturday, scoring 40 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and seven 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets must have forgot who Stephen Curry is because they continued to leave him open on 3-pointers. He was 3-of-3 from the left corner tonight and is now 91 percent from that area in these playoffs. He's seriously not fair and already has two 40-point games in the playoffs. Maybe the Rockets can guard him on Monday to avoid a sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:50 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 17 in win
    Klay Thompson scored 17 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers during a Game 3 win in Houston on Saturday.

    Advice: The Warriors took some extra pressure off Klay with Harrison Barnes guarding James Harden on occasion. Thompson did have his minutes staggered slightly from Curry and he was able to run the offense more, which partially explains his five assists. We still haven't seen Klay explode and yet the Warriors are rolling. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:47 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 14 in loss
    Dwight Howard scored 14 points with 14 rebounds, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Warriors during a Game 3 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: He was 2-of-8 from the line tonight and the Rockets made just 19-of-31 as a team. Howard just has way too much pressure on him because the Rockets' perimeter defense has been non-existent. The easy buckets are not his fault and he's played well in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:37 pm
  • Roy Hibbert learning jiu-jitsu
    Roy Hibbert is learning jiu-jitsu this offseason.

    Advice: A couple summers ago, Hibbert was in the news for his added workouts in the gym, most notably with the Spurs. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off for Hibbert in each of his last two seasons, so apparently he is going to change his offseason regiment again. He is likely going to use his player option and should be back with Indy next year. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:35 pm
  • Rockets will play Howard 'as much as we can'
    Coach Kevin McHale said on Saturday he'll play Dwight Howard (knee) "as much as we can."

    Advice: Dwight was helping on defense a lot in Game 2 and it led to some very nice production out of Andrew Bogut. Howard also played 40 minutes in the loss and will likely be in that neighborhood again. McHale also said he expects to hit Howard in the post more, so there could be a 20-point game on the way. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:21 pm
  • Kyrie Irving is questionable for Game 3
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is questionable to play against the Hawks in Game 3 on Sunday.

    Advice: "Hopefully he responds well to the little workout he did today," coach David Blatt said. "He's a big part of the team and this series is not finished. But if he's not able to play then he won't. That's the determining factor." For now, it sounds like the Cavs will sit Irving until they get some pressure from the Hawks. Matthew Dellavedova has been effective on defense against Jeff Teague and put up a stat line of 11 points, six boards, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. Plus, he attempted 13 shots from the field, which is is second-highest total for field goal attempts in any game in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:28 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Paul George still not 100 percent healthy
    Paul George said his leg is not yet 100 percent healthy.

    Advice: He said he is doing "good" and is not 100 percent recovered from the calf strain he suffered in their regular season finale in Memphis. George is going to have an entire offseason to get ready for next year and should be fully healed before training camp. He'll be a risky target in the second and third rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:25 pm
     
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Kyle Korver out for playoffs with ankle issue
    Kyle Korver (ankle) will not play in the remainder of the postseason due to a "severe right ankle sprain."

    Advice: Ouch. While Korver hasn't been great in the postseason, his presence for spacing has been essential to the Hawks' offense. The Hawks haven't been the same due primarily to their struggles from beyond the arc and that burden has just grown with this loss. Kent Bazemore will likely start next to DeMarre Carroll on the wing. Dennis Schroder and Shelvin Mack will also have to step up. The Hawks may also use Mike Scott as a floor spacer in some lineups, which they did on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:53 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kyrie Irving wearing soft sleeve on left knee
    Kyrie Irving (knee) was wearing a soft sleeve on his left knee at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Wit the Cavs up 2-0 and now headed to Cleveland for two games, there is little incentive to play Irving at less than 100 percent. While Irving has said that rest won't help, he could conceivably get close to two weeks off if the Cavs can handle their business in the Eastern Conference. Matthew Dellavedova has been a pleasant surprise and will get more playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:48 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Dwight Howard says his knee has made progress
    Dwight Howard said that his knee feels much better than it did before Game 2.

    Advice: "It felt pretty good," Howard said. "We were happy about that. I didn’t want to linger throughout the whole playoffs." He is listed as probable for Game 3 vs. the Warriors on Saturday, but he doesn't appear to be in any trouble of missing this one. Howard went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, one block and two steals in 40 minutes of action during Game 2, so he should be in line for another big performance in what will be a must-win game in Houston. To be safe, we will verify that he will be in the lineup prior to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:03 am
  • Terrence Ross had left ankle surgery Friday
    Terrence Ross had surgery to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle on Friday and he currently has no timetable for a return to basketball activities.

    Advice: Even though there is no timetable for his return, this was likely a minor procedure and he should hopefully be back on the court soon. Ross had a very disappointing 2014-15 campaign in which he averaged just 9.8 points, 2.8 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.8 3-pointers while shooting just 37.2 percent from the field, so he clearly has a lot to work on this summer. We will track his progress very closely in the coming weeks, but he won't be a target in fantasy drafts just yet. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:45 am
     
    Injured
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • Hawks not optimistic about Kyle Korver's ankle
    The Hawks are reportedly less optimistic about Kyle Korver's ankle than they were about DeMarre Carroll's knee the morning after his injury.

    Advice: We are expected to get a full diagnosis soon, so we should know more details shortly. X-rays taken after the game were negative, but it's possible that Korver could be dealing with a lot of swelling and this report is pretty concerning. If Korver is forced to miss any time, Kent Bazemore is going to have to step up in a big way. Expect another update shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • John Wall hopeful that Paul Pierce returns
    John Wall is hopeful that Paul Pierce will be back with the Wizards next season.

    Advice: "Who wouldn’t want to have a Hall of Fame guy back on this team? He meant so much to us," Wall said. "Just his leadership, his work ethic, being a mentor, talking to us, and giving us those words of encouragement and that extra grit and fight. He has to do what’s best for him and his family, and that’s taking time off and deciding whether he wants to come back and play." Pierce has a $6 million player option for next season, but he will likely take his time before making a decision. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.2 boards and 3.3 3-pointers in the playoffs and hit several big shots in clutch situations, so he obviously still has a lot to offer. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:58 am
  • Marreese Speights will not play on Saturday
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He is expected to be held out for the first five game of the series against Houston, so this isn't a surprise. With Speights out of the lineup, Festus Ezeli should see around 10-12 minutes per game moving forward. Head coach Steve Kerr did say that Speights has shown improvement, so we will continue to track his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:51 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • DeMarre Carroll implies that he is fine
    DeMarre Carroll implied that his knee was fine after Friday's Game 2 loss vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "Physically, I got out there, so I must've felt good," Carroll said. "But when you're a little kid, you dream of an opportunity to play in the Eastern Conference Finals and along, playing against one of the best players in the world. I didn't care if I had one leg, I wasn't going to let this pass me by." Carroll is one of the toughest players in the league, and even though he probably wouldn't admit it, he was clearly hobbled throughout the game on Friday. The fact that he played 34 minutes speaks volumes about his character, so there is no reason to think that he will be in danger of missing Game 3 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:57 am
  • Al Horford is hopeful to play in Game 3 Sun
    According to head coach Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks are hopeful that Al Horford (knee) will be good to go for Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: "He had two or three different times where he got hit in the same spot," Budenholzer said. "The feedback from him after the game, I think that he's going to be OK. I think that it's just one of those things. A couple hits, a couple bangs, we're hopeful that he'll be fine going into Game 3." The Hawks have the lost the first two games of the series at home, so they desperately need to win on Sunday. Horford will likely do everything in his power to play, but we should have plenty of updates on his status before the game. If Horford is unable to play, Mike Muscala and Pero Antic would be in the mix for more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:44 am
  • Jared Sullinger is on same page with Celtics
    Jared Sullinger and the Celtics are on the same page in regards to his conditioning.

    Advice: Sullinger is viewing the foot injury that he had this season as a wake-up call, and he is eager to improve his conditioning this summer. Celtics president Danny Ainge recently criticized Sullinger for not taking care of his body, so it's good to see that he is taking steps to improve. He will be playing for a new contract next season, so he will have plenty of motivation to have a big year. On a side note, Sullinger is hoping to be more of a post player next season, but he said that the coaching staff urges him to shoot more 3-pointers. We will keep an eye on his progress this summer, but as of right now he will still be a risky selection in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:28 am
  • Bad Teague shows up for Game 2 blowout loss
    Jeff Teague hit just 5-of-16 shots in the Hawks' 94-82 loss to the Cavs on Friday, finishing with 12 points, three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: The stat line doesn't reflect his underwhelming play and the score doesn't reflect how far apart the two teams were tonight. Teague was everything he has always been when he struggles -- indecisive, passive and frustrating -- and though some credit should be given to Matthew Dellavedova he just simply has to play better for the Hawks to have a chance. They head to Cleveland down 2-0 for Sunday's matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:39 pm
  • Carroll (knee) guts out team-high 34 minutes
    DeMarre Carroll bounced back from a scary looking knee injury in Game 1 against the Cavs to play in Game 2, finishing with six points on 2-of-6 shooting and three rebounds in a team-high 34 minutes.

    Advice: Carroll was clearly hobbled and fairly lucky that LeBron James didn't test him as much as he could have. Still, the fact that he led his team in minutes and didn't back down from the challenge tonight are huge feathers in his cap for free agency. He needs some of his teammates to show the same fire he had tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Horford dinged up in 12-point, six-board game
    Al Horford scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, one steal and one block in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, but also got dinged up throughout the game with apparent quad injuries.

    Advice: Horford left the game once and would later return and the nature of his discomfort was hard to peg, but it's clear he's not at 100 percent and his status might be touchy going forward. He said after the game that he was okay, however, so Hawks fans can only cross their fingers and hope it doesn't become an issue in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:28 pm
  • Korver injures ankle in Game 2 loss to CLE
    Kyle Korver scored 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with one rebound and one steal in 32 minutes, but left the game late after hurting an ankle and did not return.

    Advice: Korver left with the game basically in Cleveland's hands so it's possible the injury is less serious than more serious, and X-rays taken after the game were negative. Kent Bazemore (12 minutes, seven points, one steal) would step into some more minutes if Korver can't play in Game 3, and Dennis Schroder (13 points, 6-of-11 FGs, 12 minutes) could also get more minutes as long as he didn't shoot himself into the doghouse tonight. We'll update Korver's status as soon as we learn more. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:14 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • LeBron dominant in cakewalk win over Hawks
    LeBron James scored 30 points on 10-of-22 shooting (2-of-7 3PTs, 8-of-11 FTs) with nine rebounds, 11 assists and one block as the Cavs trounced the Hawks in Friday's Game 2 win.

    Advice: It's unfair to ask any one player to guard LeBron and the Hawks' scheme has been borderline belligerent on top of that. The scary part is that he is appears to be toying with the Hawks, settling for outside looks rather than punishing Atlanta for their lack of size. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:09 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee) to start in Game 2
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) will start in Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs.

    Advice: Carroll was wincing throughout warmups and owners have to plan for some sort of limitation. Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap may end up picking up the slack on LeBron James. If Carroll falters then Bazemore stands to gain the most here in terms of playing time, but his numbers could suffer if he has to cover LeBron a lot. Kyle Korver could also get some time on the King. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:59 pm
  • Kyrie Irving will not play against the Hawks
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Friday night.

    Advice: Coach David Blatt called it a "medical decision" for Irving to sit tonight. He went to visit Dr. James Andrews today to confirm the tendinitis issue. With Irving out, Matthew Dellavedova will get the start with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert getting more run. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:00 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • DeMarre Carroll remains a game-time decision
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) is still a game-time decision to play against the Cavs on Friday night in Game 2.

    Advice: There is an unconfirmed report that Carroll won't be playing, which wouldn't be a surprise. Of course, there's some added risk because Carroll is headed to free agency this summer and has a lot riding on that left knee of his. If he is out, Kent Bazemore will likely move into the starting lineup. Expect to see Dennis Schroder log more minutes along with Paul Millsap guarding LeBron James more often. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:52 pm
  • Irving says he doesn't 'have it right now'
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said he doesn't "have it right now" and remains questionable to play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: "The most frustrating thing is seeing holes in the defenses that I'm used to attacking," Irving said. "I tried to make one move and I accelerated and then I stopped and passed it." Luckily for the Cavs, Matthew Dellavedova has played beyond expectations and could start in Game 2 tonight. Irving missed shootaround and maybe the Cavs allow him to rest for a few days. Although, earlier this month he said rest isn't going to help him. Expect an update around 7:15 EDT. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:44 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Dwight Howard (knee) probable for Game 3
    Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Howard went off for 19 points and 17 rebounds during Game 2's loss, so there's absolutely no reason to think he won't be in uniform for a crucial Game 3 in Houston. His probable tag would suggest he didn't experience any setbacks during his 40 minutes of action on Thursday, and Houston will need all they can get from Dwight if they hope to climb out of their current 0-2 hole. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:39 am
  • Kobe ready to call it quits after 2016 season
    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said during a recent interview that Kobe Bryant indicated to him that the 2015-16 season will be his last.

    Advice: "I think first and foremost, he's on the last year of a deal," Kupchak said. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." Kupchak has made similar statements regarding Kobe's impending retirement numerous times, and it sounds like after 20 seasons of NBA basketball, The Black Mamba is ready to sub-out. Kobe will be paid a league-high $25 million during his final year in the league, a bit of a thank you bonus from the Lakers organization, but after making it through just 41 games over the past two seasons, he's going to be an extremely risky selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:36 am
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Kent Bazemore ready to step up if Carroll out
    Kent Bazemore is ready to step into the starting lineup as LeBron James' primary defender if DeMarre Carroll (knee) can't give it a go for Friday's Game 2.

    Advice: "It’s great," Bazemore said regarding the opportunity to enter the starting lineup and guard James. "It’s a great platform to show what you can do. They brought me here as a defender and that’s my job. What a great measuring stick to go up against one of the best." The energy exerted while guarding one of the best players in the league will likely lead to a limited offensive output from Bazemore, so even if he slides into a starting role, he's not going to be a great daily league play. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:53 am
  • LeBron James still dealing with pain in ankle
    LeBron James said that his ankle "has been better," but he's in no danger of sitting out Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: At this point in the season, almost everyone is a little banged up, but James will continue to fight through the pain in order to give his squad the best chance at coming away with a Game 2 win in Atlanta. With Kyrie Irving's (knee, foot) status up in the air for Game 2, and DeMarre Carroll (knee) sounding unlikely, LeBron James could be in for a monster game. He'll make for a fine daily league play tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:45 am
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee) a game-time decision
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) will be a game-time decision for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, although it appears unlikely he'll be able to play.

    Advice: Carroll was spotted walking with a slight limp after Friday morning's shootaround, and head coach Mike Budenholzer sounded pessimistic when discussing Carroll's availability for Game 2. "We’ll see how he does the rest of the day and if he progresses," Budenholzer said. "He did some things this morning and we are hopeful for the best." Expect Kent Bazemore to start if Carroll can’t give it a go, with him and Paul Millsap serving as LeBron James’ primary defenders. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:37 am
  • Curry wants Danny Green's Finals 3PM record
    Stephen Curry said after Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets that he's more interested in breaking Danny Green's 3-point record than Reggie Miller's.

    Advice: Curry is just one 3-pointer away from breaking Miller's record for most 3-pointers made in a single postseason (58), but he's more interested in breaking Green's record for most 3-pointers made in an NBA Finals (27). Curry has already set, and broken, his own record for most 3-pointers made during the regular-season, and when all is said and done he'll likely go down as the best shooter to ever play the game. However, the Warriors will need to get two more wins against the Rockets in order for Curry to have a shot at breaking Green's record. Saturday's Game 3 in Houston should be nothing short of spectacular. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:53 am
  • Carroll walking gingerly after shootaround
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) was spotted walking gingerly after Friday morning's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 against the Cavs.

    Advice: Carroll was not made available to the media after shootaround, and it sounds like he'll be a true game-time decision on Friday, meaning we likely won't know his status until minutes before the tip. If he's forced to sit, Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap would be given the unfortunate task of guarding LeBron James. With Kyrie Irving (knee, foot) also questionable for this one, James could be in line for a monster game going up against the lesser defense of the aforementioned players. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:10 am
  • Carroll sporting a knee brace at shootaround
    DeMarre Carroll walked out to the court for the Hawks' Friday morning shootaround wearing a knee brace on his injured left knee.

    Advice: While Carroll remains questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, him participating in shootaround can be viewed as a positive sign. Atlanta absolutely needs Carroll as he's their best defender against LeBron James (he's holding James to just 31 percent shooting from the field), and this is a situation we'll be following very closely. If Carroll is unable to go, Kent Bazemore would likely slide into the starting lineup, and both he and Paul Millsap would be tasked with guarding James. All that effort guarding James on defense would likely take away from each players offensive output. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:50 am
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Kyrie Irving (knee) did not go through shootaround and he is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving elected to not go through shootaround in order to undergo additional treatment and further evaluation (likely an MRI) on his ailing left knee, and he even admitted he just doesn't "have it right now." The Cavs said that the one-day of rest did not diminish the symptoms of tendinitis in his left knee, and it sounds like Irving is headed for a game-time decision for Game 2. If Irving is unable to go, Matthew Dellavedova would slide into the starting lineup, while LeBron James' usage rate would border on absurd. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:26 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Dwight Howard plays well despite knee injury
    Dwight Howard not only played through his sore left knee, but went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block, hitting 8-of-11 shots and 3-of-7 free throws in Thursday's tough loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard looked great, but so did the Warriors' Andrew Bogut, and you can expect these two to continue to battle each other throughout this series. Yes, there's a chance that Howard's knee could swell up and leave him questionable for Saturday's Game 3 in Houston, but if tonight was any indication, it would be very surprising if he's in street clothes on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Klay Thompson's shot fading, steps up on D
    Klay Thompson hit 6-of-15 shots and just 1-of-7 3-pointers Thursday, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and a block in a tough Game 2 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Thompson is just 2-of-14 from downtown in this series and the Warriors will need him to get hot in Houston for Games 3 and 4. He played great defense tonight, blocking a crucial James Harden shot late and then tag teaming with Stephen Curry to prevent Harden from even getting off a shot that could have won the game for Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:54 pm
  • Stephen Curry leads Warriors to 99-98 win
    Stephen Curry hit 13-of-21 shots and five 3-pointers for 33 points, three rebounds, six assists, a steal and six turnovers in Thursday's 99-98 thrilling win in Game 2 of the WCF as the Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the series.

    Advice: The Warriors turned it over 16 times to Houston's 10 and the Dubs are going to have to do a better job of protecting the ball in Houston. Curry was electric tonight, but the Warriors lost a 17-point second-quarter lead to fall into a tie with Houston at halftime. James Harden had a chance to win it for the Rockets on the game's final play, but Curry and Klay Thompson effectively doubled him and Harden never even got a shot up. Game 3 is Saturday in Houston, and the only thing left to do is wait for Riley on the podium with Steph in a few minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Dwight Howard will play for Rockets
    Dwight Howard will play for the Rockets on Thursday night for Game 2.

    Advice: He tested his sore left knee just moments ago and looked pretty good doing so. Clint Capela will come off the bench now that it appears that Howard will start. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:33 pm
  • Dwight Howard to be a true game-time call
    Dwight Howard (knee) will be a true game-time decision for Game 2 on Thursday.

    Advice: "Dwight hasn't warmed up yet, so I don't know," coach Kevin McHale said. We'll be tracking this one until tip, but we might not find out until moments before the game starts. If he's out, Clint Capela would likely start, but expect to see Terrence Jones log major minutes at center. That also opens up time for Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:44 pm
  • LAL, DET, BOS interested in DeMarre Carroll
    The Lakers, Pistons, and Celtics will all reportedly be interesting in signing DeMarre Carroll as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Carroll has followed up a stellar regular-season with a fantastic postseason run, averaging 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 three-pointers and 1.2 steals per game on 51.3 percent shooting through the playoffs thus far. His ability to stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting, as well as guard multiple positions will have him in high demand as a free agent this offseason, and one league exec estimated that his next deal could come in at more than $15 million per year. As for his status heading into Game 2, he has been diagnosed with a left knee sprain and a bone bruise, and is being listed as questionable for Friday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:08 pm
  • Klay Thompson named to All-NBA Third Team
    Klay Thompson was named to the 2014-15 All-NBA Third Team.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Tim Duncan round out the Third Team group. Stephen Curry and Thompson became the first Warriors' duo to both receive All-NBA honors in the same year since the Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway did it back in 1992. Duncan set an NBA-record by appearing on both the All-Defensive and All-NBA Team in the same season for a 15th time, adding yet another milestone to his already impressive career. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:17 pm
  • Stephen Curry named to All-NBA First Team
    Stephen Curry has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team.

    Advice: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol and James Harden round out the group, with both Curry and James being unanimous First Team selections. This was both Davis and Gasol's first time being selected for First Team honors, which is sure to be the first of many. Harden led the league in scoring with 27.4 points per game, as well as 40-point games (10), 30-point games (35), and free throw attempts (824) while shooting 86.8 percent from the charity stripe. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:42 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) a game-time decision
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said that Dwight Howard (knee) went through about half of Thursday's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the inside ligament of his left knee, although he was spotted making post moves and dunking during shootaround, which is a major improvement from yesterday when James Harden said he could barely bend his leg. However, Howard did not do any running during shootaround, so a key to his playing status for Game 2 will be how his knee responds to pregame sprints. If Dwight can't go, Clint Capela will start, with Josh Smith and Terrence Jones likely logging heavy minutes. Houston's medical staff said that players typically would need 7-10 days to recover from a knee sprain, so if he plays, he's definitely not going to be 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:22 am
  • Blatt says no discussions of Irving shutdown
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said the team has not discussed shutting down Kyrie Irving (knee).

    Advice: This is good news for Cavs fans as the team can't afford to lose another star after losing Kevin Love (shoulder) for the season. Blatt added that he's hopeful Irving will be able to play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Friday, so while Irving likely own't be at 100 percent for the rest of the playoffs, it sounds like he'll be in the Cavaliers lineup as long as he doesn't further injure his knee. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:16 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • LeBron James scores 31, Cavs take Game 1
    LeBron James made 12-of-26 from the field for 31 points during a 97-89 Game 1 win on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He almost blew the game late because of an isolation festival and the Hawks defended him fairly well. James did have more trouble with Paul Millsap than any other Hawk and he'll likely see a lot more of him in Game 2. Tonight was LeBron's first ever Game 1 road win, failing to accomplish that feat in his eight tries. He and the Cavs will look to take a commanding lead on Friday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:52 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 27 points, Hawks lose
    Jeff Teague scored a team-high 27 points during a Game 1 97-89 loss to the Cavs on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Hawks made just 4-of-23 from beyond the arc and their offense just fell apart in the second half. Teague did have a minor tweak of his neck at the end of the first half, but it didn't affect his playing time. He did have a couple mistakes down the stretch tonight and will need a better effort in Game 2 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • Kyle Korver takes just five FGAs
    Kyle Korver made just 3-of-5 from the field for nine points in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He killed the Cavs throughout the regular season, so the Cavs looked to have made a conscious effort to limit his looks. His defense was also not very good tonight. Korver is having a sub-par postseason after tearing it up in the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kent Bazemore set for more playing time
    Kent Bazemore played 16 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday with 10 points, four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: DeMarre Carroll (knee) suffered an injury today and he's likely going to miss time. Bazemore will have to defend LeBron James on occasion and he'll also need to cut down on his mental mistakes. Expect him to play minutes in the upper 20s while the Hawks may also go with two-PG lineups a lot more. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Dwight Howard said he was playing with pain
    Dwight Howard (knee) said he was playing with pain on Tuesday night.

    Advice: "It was very painful to play last night and coach just felt like it was best that I sit out," Howard said. "I'll just listen to my body. This is gonna be on how I feel. If I feel like I can tolerate it and play through it, then I will. I'm going to do whatever I can to help this team but I can't help the team if I'm hurt." There doesn't appear to be too much optimism right now and he'll likely be a game-time decision. Howard's "bad" knee this season was his right one, but he did have some left knee issues as well. We'll get an update tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) out for Game 2
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets in Game 2 on Thursday.

    Advice: He is expected to be out for the first five games of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors got a lot out of Festus Ezeli in Game 1 and they'll likely look to him again. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:08 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Stephen Curry fined $5k for flopping
    The NBA has fined Stephen Curry $5,000 for flopping in Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Curry hit a 3-pointer on the play, but it was an obvious flop and he probably saw this fine coming. He was excellent in the win with 34 points, six boards, five assists, two steals and six 3-pointers, so the MVP will look to keep that momentum going in Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:38 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 34 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry lit up the Rockets for a game-high 34 points in Tuesday's Game 1 win, going into closer-mode during an 11-point spurt in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter.

    Advice: The much-anticipated battle between the league MVP and the runner-up, James Harden, lived up to the billing. Harden dropped 28 points with a near triple-double, but Curry still reminded the world why he walked away with the Maurice Podoloff trophy this season. Houston gave the Warriors all they could handle despite Dwight Howard leaving with a knee injury tonight, which sets up a must-watch Game 2 at Oracle Arena on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Lakers move up to snag No. 2 overall pick
    The Lakers moved up to secure the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft on Tuesday, only the fourth time they've picked in the lottery since the system was established in 1985.

    Advice: L.A. owes a draft pick as part of the Steve Nash deal from 2012, but it was top-five protected this year so they'll keep the selection -- the pick will be top-three protected in both 2016 and 2017. The Heat also kept their top-10 protected pick, picking 10th ahead of the Pacers (11), Jazz (12), Suns (13) and Thunder (14). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:03 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Marreese Speights (calf) doubtful Games 2-5
    Marreese Speights expects his moderately strained calf to sideline him for at least the first five games of the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Speights has already been ruled out for Tuesday's series opener and it sounds like he'll be on the shelf a while longer. His absence opens up extra opportunities for David Lee off the bench, with Festus Ezeli also playing more minutes vs. Dwight Howard and the Rockets. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:06 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Mike Muscala saw increased role in 2nd round
    Mike Muscala saw some increased minutes during the Hawks' second-round series against the Wizards, although head coach Mike Budenholzer would not say if he would alter his rotations for the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Advice: "Mike Muscala has played well and he’ll continue to get opportunities," Budenholzer said. "We’ll just see the game, feel the game, and the series and try to find a mixture to give ourselves our best chance with our bigs." After only playing in one game during Atlanta's first-round series, Muscala became a regular part of the rotation in the second-round, largely at the expense of Pero Antic. Muscala is a quality reserve for the Hawks, but on a good night he's only getting roughly 15 minutes, which isn't enough time to put up any meaningful stats in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:05 pm
  • Report: Beverley (wrist) will not play in WCF
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) has reportedly abandoned any hope of suiting up for any games during the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.

    Advice: "It’s a no-go for the series," a league source told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. "He’s done trying." Beverley simply doesn't have the mobility or strength in his left wrist to be able to effective on the basketball court, a realization he came to after going through two workouts on Monday. It'll be Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni doing their best to contain this year's MVP, but in the likely event they are unable to do much against Stephen Curry, it's plausible we see Trevor Ariza pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron James throws bouquets at Paul Pierce
    LeBron James spoke about what Paul Pierce has meant to his career and lauded the veteran's overall body of work in the NBA.

    Advice: After saying that PIerce helped him elevate his game, James spoke about PIerce's legacy. "It's great to have him in this league as far as the competition and what he's done not only for the three teams that he's played for, but for himself," said James. "He's probably going to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. His numbers speak for itself. He's a big-time player." The Truth will now take the summer to decide whether or not to retire, but he'll remain a solid late-round fantasy pick if he comes back for another season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:50 am
  • Roy Hibbert will spend summer in Los Angeles
    Roy Hibbert plans to spend his summer working out in Los Angeles.

    Advice: While many of his teammates have decided to stay in Indianapolis to work out, Hibbert spend his offseason in Los Angeles and will make a decision on his player option for the 2015-16 season. The 28-year-old is due over $15.5 million if he stays with the Pacers next season and is unlikely to command that type of figure on the open market. The Pacers have said they want to play at a faster pace next season, so Hibbert may see a reduced role if he stays with Indiana and will obviously see his fantasy value take a hit if that happens. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:35 am
  • Beverley won't play against the Warriors
    Coach Kevin McHale said Patrick Beverley (wrist) will not play against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: "Pat isn’t gong to get the pins out until the fourth or fifth [of June]," McHale said. "It’s hard to play with a pin in your wrist." McHale keeps having to address this issue and has previously said Beverley won't be back in the postseason. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni stepped up against Chris Paul and will have to do it again against Stephen Curry. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:32 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron James dealing with minor back injury
    LeBron James is dealing with a minor back injury, but he's expected to play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Advice: LeBron apparently "tweaked his back" at some point against the Bulls, but since he's a cyborg robot with no ability to feel human pain, we don't expect any issues. In all sincerity, LeBron will be fine and is prepared to put the Cavs on his back in an effort to win Cleveland an elusive championship trophy. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:48 am
  • Al Horford doesn't pay attention to analytics
    Al Horford said he doesn't pay attention to analytics.

    Advice: "I don't pay attention at all," he said on ESPN's Mike and Mike radio show. This comment is sure to raise the eyebrow of fans, commentators, analysts and probably several in Atlanta's front office, but with the Hawks heading to the Eastern Conference Finals, this really shouldn't be a story. Horford is a phenomenally gifted player who is from the same school of being underappreciated as Mike Conley, Jr. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:32 am
  • Cavs identify Jeff Teague as Hawks' catalyst
    LeBron James singled out Jeff Teague as a catalyst for the Hawks' success this season, saying, "He’s an All-Star for a reason."

    Advice: "It starts with Jeff Teague," said James. "His aggressiveness, the way he pushes the tempo, and then it just falls in to everyone else. They do a great job of playing together." Teague will be even more dangerous of Kyrie Irving continues to struggle with right foot and left knee injuries, and backup Dennis Schroder has proven that he can sustain the pressure with Atlanta's second unit. The Hawks and Cavs face off in Game 1 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 10:08 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) not likely for WCF
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) is unlikely to return for the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Beverley is currently in the seventh week of his initial 10-week timetable, and there haven't been any reports up to this point that would suggest Beverley is on the verge of making a return. We have seen some crazy things this postseason with John Wall playing through a very broken wrist, and Mike Conley playing just eight days after major surgery, so we're not going to completely rule him out just yet. However, when coach Kevin McHale was asked if Beverley would be able to return for the playoffs back on May 2, he responded no. We'll let you know if anything changes. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 3:55 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Marreese Speights (calf) out Game 1 of WCF
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Without Speights, David Lee should continue to see roughly 15 minutes a game, which isn't enough time for him to put up any meaningful statistics in fantasy hoops. It's unclear when Speights will be able to return, but he hasn't held a big enough role with the Warriors to significantly alter the Dubs' rotations. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 12:37 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Wittman believes Paul Pierce will return
    Wizards head coach Randy Wittman believes that Paul Pierce will return next season.

    Advice: "I’d love him back. I think he wants to be back. I don’t know, I won’t put words in his mouth, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t," Wittman said. "I think what he saw with these guys and the heart this team has. Why wouldn’t you want to play the end of your career with a group like that?" Pierce has a $6 million player option for next season, but he recently said that he didn't know if his basketball days were over. Pierce's decision will have a big impact on Washington's offseason plans, but it's safe to say that they hope the Truth comes back for at least one more season. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 6:32 am
  • Paul Pierce is undecided over his future
    Paul Pierce has a $6 million player option for next season, but he isn't sure if he will play basketball anymore.

    Advice: "Truthfully, what was going through my mind is, I don’t have too much of these efforts left, if any," Pierce said. "These rides throughout the NBA season, throughout the playoffs, are very emotional. They take a lot out of not only your body, but your mind, your spirit... I don’t even know if I’m going to play basketball anymore." The 37-year-old veteran had postseason averages of 14.6 points, 4.2 boards and 3.3 3-pointers, so he still has some gas left in the tank. We will follow this story closely in the offseason, but hopefully we will get to see at least another year of the Truth in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    May 16, 6:48 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 32, Warriors advance
    Stephen Curry made eight 3-pointers on his way to 32 points during a series-clinching 108-95 win in Memphis on Friday, adding six rebounds, 10 assists, and four turnovers.

    Advice: He also made a three-quarter court shot at the end of the third and after the game said he hadn't made one of those since college. The Warriors looked like they were going to blow a lead, but they just don't give up big leads this season. Except for maybe a little extra experience, the Warriors have all the pieces to make a title run. Klay Thompson was solid with 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 9:24 pm
  • Paul Pierce could be calling it a career?
    Paul Pierce said he doesn't know if he'll be back in the NBA next season.

    Advice: "I don't know how many of these rides I have left," Pierce said. He is going to talk with his family and think about his decision. Pierce exceeded most expectations this season after it looked like the wheels were going to fall off with the Nets, but he said the 82-game grind was a bit much this year. Pierce also reportedly sounded devastated following the loss. He'll likely give the Wizards a better idea before free agency hits. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 8:08 pm
  • Kyle Korver makes just 1-of-8 in win
    Kyle Korver made just 1-of-8 from the field against the Wizards on Friday night for two points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Even when Korver is off, just the threat of him making shots is enough to make him effective. The Wizards and Nets both refused to have Korver's man help on defense and that may have explained why the Hawks had so many layups tonight. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 7:26 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Al Horford comes up big on the defensive end
    Al Horford was outstanding on defense against the Wizards on Friday with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

    Advice: The Wizards just could not get easy looks around the basket and most of the credit has to go to Horford here. The Hawks couldn't keep the Wizards guards in front of them, but the Wizards as a team made just 48.5 percent of their shots in the restricted area -- mostly due to Horford contesting. He's one of the best centers in the NBA and still seems to be under-appreciated. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 7:19 pm
  • Paul Pierce's shot is a split second late
    Paul Pierce's would-be game-tying 3-pointer was about 0.1 seconds late during a 94-91 loss to the Hawks on Friday night, finishing with four points, five boards, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: It went to review and it was one of the closest calls in the review era. As play-by-play Mike Tirico said, this is the first series to ever end in Secaucas, NJ at the Replay Center. Pierce is going to be taking some heavy fire from lots of folks because he called "series" after what he thought was a game-winning shot in Game 5. Well, the series is over now and the Wizards are going home. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 6:49 pm
  • Kobe Bryant's return could come in Hawaii
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is still expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

    Advice: The Lakers will start their preseason in Hawaii and there's been no word of a setback for Bryant. He also said he could play beyond next season, too. The Lakers' most pressing issue right now will be to keep their top-five protected pick in the draft. Fantasy owners won't be too eager to draft the Black Mamba with his recent run of injuries. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 2:31 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Bird expects Hibbert and West to opt in
    Larry Bird said on Thursday that he expects both Roy Hibbert and David West to opt in, but that will not affect the way the Pacers approach this year's draft.

    Advice: Hibbert has a player option worth $15.5 million, while West owns a player option of $12.6 million, which is likely much more than they would be able to secure on the open market. The Pacers' brass have alluded to draft prospects that they would like to play at a faster pace next season, with Paul George spending some time at the four-spot, which would imply that both Hibbert and West are likely to see a reduced role for the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 7:48 am
  • Pierce says WAS needs to be better in Game 6
    Paul Pierce said that the Wizards will need to put forth a better effort to come away with a Game 6 win.

    Advice: "We got to do a better job at closing out the game, running our offense," said Pierce. "Too many turnovers in the fourth. Be able to execute a lot better... The sting of [Game 5's loss] is going to motivate us for Game 6. Guys will be really fired up knowing we let one get away. So we're going to go back home with aspirations of wining and making another trip to Atlanta." Pierce didn't have a great game during Game 5, but he was still able to knock down some clutch shots, as per usual. He's averaging 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 three-pointers through Washington's second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 6:26 am
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